Coastal Voices was an umbrella project linking the arts and earth sciences through the concept of ‘the voice'. It encouraged and stimulated communities in the South West to connect to their ‘place', to examine and ‘voice' the unique relationship with the geology and forces which shape our environment, and also to explore the ‘voice' of the coast. It promoted international exchange and dialogue, and connected communities, amateurs and arts professionals. 1500 people were given the opportunity to perform and work with professional and international artists between March 2011 and August 2012.
Four new works/arrangements have been commissioned for four areas of the site, in partnership with communities representing these areas. Each piece has a duration of 15 to 20 minutes.
There were four vocal hubs:
Weymouth and the surrounding area
West Dorset/Lyme Regis
East Devon/ Exeter
The works are:
a new piece written in response to the Jurassic Coast by Marc Yeats
new arrangements of Nick Cave songs by Sonia Slaney
a new song cycle by John K Miles (for B sharp) based on life stories of Lyme Regis residents, and previous work with Billy Bragg
a new piece taking us through the Jurassic and Thomas Hardy to natural forces and links with Brazil by John Surman
Elements of the Sonia Slaney pieces were featured in River of Music in London 2012. All pieces were performed at the opening ceremonies for Olympic sailing events in Weymouth.
Coastal Voices was produced by Lighthouse Poole and Serious and supported by National Lottery funds through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Commissioning and production was supported by the Jurassic Coast through the Creative Coast 2012 project. Coastal Voices was granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire Programme.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils.